In 1990, four kids from Queens (Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White) changed hip-hop forever. Throughout the record they zig-zag between the observational, the enlightened and the anecdotal. Odes to youth are sprinkled throughout the album. The Latin-spiced I Left My Wallet In El Segundo and the sweet infatuation of Bonita Applebum. The more illuminated tracks, Push It Along, Youthful Expression and Footprints sit happily alongside the serious (and not so serious) life lessons of Description of a Fool, Pubic Enemy and Ham N Eggs.
Homegrown soul produced by Trevor Horn and including the pop hit 'Look of Love', 'The Lexicon of Love' is bursting with hooks, clever lyrics and synthetic funk-inspired grooves that hold up better than most others from the early 1980s. ABC leader Martin Frey sings with a histrionic despair, at once naive and cynical, and all dressed up by horn and string sections that feel positively overwhelming. Such larger-than-life arrangements may seem over-the-top to some listeners, but as the soundtrack to a 'Lexicon of Love' - how else would you expect it to sound?
There's no-one quite like Hasil - deranged rock 'n' twang from the backwoods - The Cramps loved him so much they covered his songs, and quite right too! If you like music from the fringes, you need Adkins in your life!
Urban Punk-Surf-Rock from the heart of the north west of England.
Adventures of Salvador release their second album “Welcome To Our Village” which includes the much lauded single "Retroman"
Produced and recorded at Big City Jacks Recording Studio in Bury, Greater Manchester by Tony Long the band have hit a new creative peak with their intense and hypnotic sounds. This is enhanced with stunning artwork from Jack Jerz.
All the hits from one of America's most enduring stadium bands! Bluesy rock 'n' roll, but always with an ear on massive choruses and hooks! This record has a cocaine and smack habit that you can see from space with a naked eye.
As It Grows Dark / Light is the second album from ajimal, produced together with Guy Massey (Spiritualized, The Beatles, Bill Fay). There is a pressed a run of 500, which come wrapped in the incredible artwork created by Drømsjel for the album. Digital download is included and the vinyl edition includes a bonus track which you won't find anywhere else.
Adana born Manchester raised Al Robinson specialises in a languid style of bittersweet funk music, spurred on by the blue-eyed soul of 70's icons Todd Rundgren & Daryl Hall besides taking heavy influence from the legends of poetic groove; Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder & the brothers Isley.
A former touring musician with Los Angeles psych-pop outfit Drugdealer, starlet Charlotte Gainsbourg and New Zealand's iconic Connan Mockasin, RH remains a prolific and determined figure in Manchester’s musical scene, often seen collaborating & performing with The Birthmarks, The Foetals and Duds.
In his debut LP "Respect 4 Devotion", he unveils the Timbaland flavoured 'Since 1992', Jazz fusion inflected "Better 2" and sorrowful pop ditty 'Jaded Lovers', featured on the LP amongst others are pianist John Carroll Kirby (Solange, Sebastian Tellier), drummer Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint) and guitarist Alex Brettin (Mild High Club).
“Dirty Diamonds” is Alice Cooper like you haven’t heard him ever since “School’s Out”. The master of shock rock channels his 70s roots and returns to the classic, dirty rock ’n’ roll. Hits and hip shakers like ‘Woman Of Mass Distraction’, ‘Perfect’ or the title track ‘Dirty Diamonds’ are must-haves for any Alice Cooper fan. The album is now available as a strictly limited and numbered gatefold-edition on heavyweight red vinyl.
Atoms For Peace: where Thom Yorke’s solo project grew into something a little bigger, richer and more collaborative. With Nigel Godrich and Flea among the line-up, those Atoms boys go beyond The Eraser and get nice and jitter-funky on AMOK, a very interesting entry into the Yorke canon. On XL.
Hard hitting metal that'll flip your scalp clean off your head! Technical brilliance and some of the band's most violent music ever recorded - this is not for the weak willed.
One of the most memorable metal records released in recent years, and so breathtakingly heavy, that'll you might do yourself an injury while listening to it, and honestly, isn't that what you want out of a hard rock LP?
Hidden West Coast gem that appeals to the hippies, the Balearic heads and Yacht Rock fans alike. Dreamy campfire boogies and funky folk numbers that wouldn't be out of place at a daytime disco. Lovingly re-issued by the mighty Be With Records, this is an absolute must-have for any record lover!
'Tell Her She's Lovely' is the standout track on an LP that's bursting with great little groovers and super baroque belters. If you're a fan of masterful AOR, country-rock, or poolside pop, this album ticks all the right boxes. 'High Tide' is a Balearic masterpiece, and the rest of the album is absolutely full of the good stuff.
It's not on Spotify, so get this on lovely vinyl and fill the air with the sounds of the mighty brothers Batteau.
Leading the way in electronics before anyone considered it a serious way of making music, the Radiophonic Workshop gang pushed the boundaries of music and invented a new language and landscape for how music could be made.
Delia Derbyshire is included on this collection of absolutely astonishing cuts of electronic gems! Left to it in the bowels of Auntie Beeb, the Radiophonic crew made some of the most important bits of music ever recorded. A must-have for historians and curious-minds alike
A record so perfect, it inspired The Beatles to make Sergeant Pepper. Mixing the melodramatic Wall of Sound washes of Phil Spector and the inventiveness of baroque instruments, Brian Wilson created a symphonic version of pop music that still stands up as one of the finest bodies of work ever recorded.
Expansive, bold, yet still containing hits - 'God Only Knows', 'Sloop John B', and 'Wouldn't It Be Nice?' - no record collection is really complete without this nestled in the racks. If 'Caroline No' doesn't utterly destroy you emotionally, then honestly, you might not deserve your ears.
Recorded before their self titled 7" out last year, Manchester/Sheffield's Better Reality deliver three tracks of their now trademark posi raw punk whereas Merseyside's PV punks belt out 3 straight up blastbeat bangers.
The No Fun Mondays series launched in March on Green Day’s YouTube channel. Like many musicians, Armstrong expected to spend much of this year on the road, touring in support of Green Day’s chart-topping February album, Father of All… However, once the COVID-19 pandemic forced him to put those plans on pause, Armstrong got busy with a different kind of work. "While we’ve all been in quarantine I’ve been reflecting on the things that matter the most in my life: family, friends, and, of course, music,” he says. “I figure if we have to spend this time in isolation at least we can be alone together."
Phosphene Dream was the third album from psychedelic beasts the Black Angels and saw them make a huge leap forward from their early sludge 'n' drone approach. With the help of producer Dave Sardy (Oasis, Wolfmother etc) the band started to strip away at the murk and make a more varied record with nods back to the 1960s likes of 13th Floor Elevators and Pink Floyd.
Raw, soulful blues-rock from this duo from Akron, Ohio. This is the awesome second album (their first in the UK) from Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney. With a stripped back guitar, drums and vocal line up this is top notch blues, set apart by Auerbach's distinctive fuzz guitar. Recommended.